Parks & Recreation

A journal devoted to parks and recreation management and design, including grounds maintenance, guidelines to purchasing equipment, facility planning and design. Features articles, commentary, legislation, notes from the field for members of the National

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, February

Advocacy Update: How to Be a Little Giant
Making personal relationships goes a long way in advocacy efforts.When 6-year-old Carl Albert heard a member Congress speak at his one-room school in 1914, he knew he was destined for public service. Years later, a 20-year-old Albert arrived in Washington,...
Advocacy Update: How to Be a Little Giant: Making Personal Relationships Goes a Long Way in Advocacy Efforts
When 6-year-old Carl Albert heard a member of Congress speak at his one-room school in 1914, he knew he was destined for public service. Years later, a 20-year-old Albert arrived in Washington, D.C., as a National Oration contestant--as a farm boy,...
A Prescription for Parks and Recreation
Park and recreation agencies are adding health promotion to their long list of community responsibilities.It used to be that a walk in the park was just that. But now, in a time when the country has a renewed concern about not only calories but how to...
A Prescription for Parks and Recreation: Park and Recreation Agencies Are Adding Health Promotion to Their Long List of Community Responsibilities
It used to be that a walk in the park was just that. But now, in a time when the country has a renewed concern about not only calories but how to burn them, park and recreation facilities are seen in a whole new light. Now our lawns and gyms are viewed...
Congratulations to Accredited Universities
The NRPA/AAPAR Council on Accreditation has approved academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the broad field of parks, recreation and leisure services. Congratulations to the many academic programs who...
Congratulations to Accredited Universities
The NRPA/AAPAR Council on Accreditation has approved academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the broad field of parks, recreation and leisure services. Congratulations to the many academic programs who have...
Family Matters
EXPLORING THE FAMILY DYNAMIC WHEN ISSUING RECREATION AND AQUATIC FACILITY PASSESRecreation facilities provide a fun, safe and neutral environment for communication and interaction between family members. Municipal recreation facilities are developed...
Family Matters: Exploring the Family Dynamic When Issuing Recreation and Aquatic Facility Passes
Recreation facilities provide a fun, safe and neutral environment for communication and interaction between family members. Municipal recreation facilities are developed and designed to encourage use by members of the community, so it becomes important...
How to Revamp Your Camp
Theme camps are today's answer for changing demands in summer programming.Have you ever wanted to step out of the real world into a place that caters just to your interests? That's the opportunity that more and more children are having when they step...
How to Revamp Your Camp: Theme Camps Are Today's Answer for Changing Demands in Summer Programming
Have you ever wanted to step out of the real world into a place that caters just to your interests? That's the opportunity that more and more children are having when they step out of school the last day before summer. Once seen as lazy months, the...
Law Review: Park Trespass Policy Unconstitutional
The policy must meet the standards of substantive due process.Tn the case of Anthony v. State, No. 06-05-00133-CR. (Tex.App. 6th Dist. 2006), plaintiff Lamar Anthony, Jr. was convicted of criminal trespass in a city park. The City of Henderson, Texas,...
Leave It Better: A Memorial Made for Play
An Idaho community comes together to support a playground that remembers local heroes and 9/11's fallen.Project:Cherry Hill Park 9/11 Memorial Playground, Coeur d'Alene, IdahoProblem:Land for Cherry Hill Park had been acquired by the city of Coeur D'Alene...
Leave It Better: A Memorial Made for Play: An Idaho Community Comes Together to Support a Playground That Remembers Local Heroes and 9/11's Fallen
Project: Cherry Hill Park 9/11 Memorial Playground, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Problem: Land for Cherry Hill Park had been acquired by the city of Coeur D'Alene in 1999. By 2003, it was complete with a BMX track, sledding hill, baseball fields and...
Making Your Watermark
JUMP INTO A TRID OF ARTICLES AIMED AT IMPROVING YOUR AQUATIC FACILITY.A letter from NAB President Juliene R. HefterIf you are a full-time professional in the aquatic field or manage any type of aquatic activities as part of your job duties, the National...
Making Your Watermark: Jump into a Trio of Articles Aimed at Improving Your Aquatic Facility: A Letter from NAB President Juliene R. Hefter
If you are a full-time professional in the aquatic field or manage any type of aquatic activities as part of your job duties, the National Aquatic Conference (NAC) is a "must attend" for you. I attended my first NAC in 1996 and have attended most years...
Member News
Vermont: Park Director Passes AwayPast member Clinton G. Martin Jr., 67, of North Springfield, Vt., passed away with his family at his bedside in December of 2006.Martin earned a bachelor of arts degree in History from St. Bonaventure University and...
National Recreation Foundation
The National Recreation Foundation (NRF) and NRPA have had a long relationship of working together. NRF is a nonprofit charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation as a positive force in promoting the mental, physical, social...
National Recreation Foundation
SPOTLIGHTThe National Recreation Foundation (NRF) and NRPA have had a long relationship of working together. NRF is a nonprofit charitable foundation dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation as a positive force in promoting the mental, physical,...
Nominations Needed for New BOT
On May 19, 2006, the NRPA Board of Trustees (BOT) made the decision to reduce the number of trustees and transition from its current model representing branches and regions to a 21 at-large member Board of Directors. At its Oct. 14, 2006, meeting the...
Nominations Needed for New BOT
On May 19, 2006, the NRPA Board of Trustees (BOT) made the decision to reduce the number of trustees and transition from its current model representing branches and regions to a 21 atlarge member Board of Directors. At its Oct. 14, 2006, meeting the...
Perspectives: Anyone Can Be an Advocate
We all share a responsibility to actively participate in the political process.As I write this column, NRPA is in the midst of intensive preparation for the 2007 National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation, our signature event on Capitol Hill...
Perspectives: Anyone Can Be an Advocate: We All Share a Responsibility to Actively Participate in the Political Process
As I write this column, NRPA is in the midst of intensive preparation for the 2007 National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation, our signature event on Capitol Hill every year. Staff are busy crafting a National Legislative and Policy Platform,...
Playbook: Building Winning Teams
How to retain good employees by performing like a leader.At the end of every day, your most important resources -your employees-drive home and have a choice to make. They can either choose to come back the next day ... or not. One of the most important...
Playbook: Building Winning Teams: How to Retain Good Employees by Performing like a Leader
At the end of every day, every your most important resources--your employees--drive home and have a choice to make. They can either choose to come back the next day ... or not. One of the most important responsibilities that a leader has is to make...
Research Update: Using Recreation to Curb Extremism
Sports and recreation have been proven to be effective means of addressing peace building in the Middle East.If young people-particularly young men-are uprooted, intolerant, jobless, and have few opportunities for positive engagement, they represent...
Research Update: Using Recreation to Curb Extremism: Sports and Recreation Have Been Proven to Be Effective Means of Addressing Peace Building in the Middle East
If young people--particularly young men--are uprooted, intolerant, jobless, and have few opportunities for positive engagement, they represent a ready pool of recruits for ethnic, religious, political extremists seeking to mobilize violence." (USAID,...
Sex and the City Park
Dealing with sexual issues at park and recreation facilities takes patience and awareness.We all know that parks offer communities many things-nature, a setting for recreation and a source of relaxation. But these same environments can be conducive to...
Sex and the City Park: Dealing with Sexual Issues at Park and Recreation Facilities Takes Patience and Awareness
We all know that parks offer communities many things--nature, a setting for recreation and a source of relaxation. But these same environments can be conducive to romance and resulting sexual activity. In addition, parks' seclusion from other more...
Sledding Banned in Washington, Nebraska Parks
Liability and maintenance issues have prompted the park and recreation departments of Lincoln, Neb., and Spokane, Wash., to ban or restrict sledding in certain parks.According to the Spokesman Review, the Spokane Park Board has banned sledding and cross-country...
Trailblazers: Our Friend in Conservation
Sen. Lamar Alexander has shown his dedication to park and recreation causes time and again.Name: Lamar AlexanderTitle: U.S. SenatorSen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has always been a friend to parks, recreation and conservation. He credits his affection...
Trailblazers: Our Friend in Conservation: Sen. Lamar Alexander Has Shown His Dedication to Park and Recreation Causes Time and Again
Name: Lamar Alexander Title: U.S. Senator Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has always been a friend to parks, recreation and conservation. He credits his affection for the outdoors to his upbringing in the scenic mountains of Tennessee. This senior...
Training for Your Swim Staff
USE THESE LEARNING TECHNIQUES TD CREATE A COHESIVE TEAM.Each year, when spring is in the air, those in aquatics now that it is time to plan and prepare for the big Swim season ahead. tween the programming and organizing, don't forget that one of the...
Training for Your Swim Staff: Use These Learning Techniques to Create a Cohesive Team
Each year, when spring is in the air, those in aquatics know that it is time to plan and prepare for the big swim season ahead. Between the programming and organizing, don't forget that one of the most important factors in making your swim program...
WAR WITH RWIs
ADDITIONAL TRAINING FOR STAFF COULD PREVENT FUTURE RECREATIONAL WATER ILLNESSES.There is a battle that continues to rage in the aquatics world-in fact, the war sometimes seems to be expanding. It isn't visible to the naked eye, but lurking in the water...
War with RWIs: Additional Training for Staff Could Prevent Future Recreational Water Illnesses
There is a battle that continues to rage in the aquatics world--in fact, the war sometimes seems to be expanding. It isn't visible to the naked eye, but lurking in the water is an enemy that is tough for anyone to stop. After years of recruiting those...